SPIN has debuted “Bumper,” the first official release in 11 years by Australian duo, The Cannanes. SPIN columnist Marc Hogan writes, “Cardigan-owners, rejoice! Long-running Australian indie-pop combo The Cannanes have returned with ‘Bumper,’ the first taste of their first major release since 2002’s Trouble Seemed So Far Away. The ‘Small Batch’ EP, due March 19, is helmed by veteran members Fran Gibson and Stephen O’Neil; and while the production quality seems slightly more polished, the earnest melodicism remains.
‘Is it worth another try? / My friends don’t think so,’ Gibson lilts shyly, between lively strums, bouncy drum machines, horns, and even a smattering of lounge-y synths. As another world-famous oracle once sagely opined, there is no ‘try’; ‘Bumper’ exists.
The Cannanes have been putting out modest, ramshackle records since forming in Sydney, Australia, 29 years ago. Avowed fan of so-called anorak pop Kurt Cobain listed The Cannanes as a band he liked in his posthumously published journals, and the band’s dogged persistence in the face of ever-shifting lineups qualifies for some kind of pop-underground medal.”
For the “Small Batch” EP, The Cannanes have once again collaborated with Explosion Robinson producer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Hermann. The six-track release sees Gibson and O’Neil at their best, back on familiar territory musing on the nature of friendship, love, and outer space that has characterized their best work over the last 27 years.
The Cannanes are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
“Small Batch” EP
(exro.fm / Lamingtone – March 19th, 2013)